Recording a Korg Volca Keys into DAW.
Old 9th December 2013
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Recording a Korg Volca Keys into DAW.

Hi guys!

first post in gearslutz, hurray! So i think this problem might be something very simple, so i decided to put it in the newbie category. Please forgive me if it was meant to be somewhere else, but I'm pretty sure there is no thread like this yet. Having that said:

So i'm in some trouble setting up my new Korg Volca Keys in my daw logic.
I plugged in the minijack output to my soundcard, with the minijack to minijack cable which came with the synthesizer (the end going into my focusrite saffire soundcard being with a mini-to-normal jack plug)

So now i have this minijack to jack connection going into my soundcard,
in logic i've set up an audio channel with the red R button on, and even the orange i button.

When i play smth on the korg, i can very slightly see some information coming into the audio channel, somehow at full volume the korg is still not loud at all, but at least i should be able to hear smth if i crank up the output of my soundcard.

The problem is that even although there is an audio signal on the audio channel, and this audio channel is going straight to stereo-ouput,
no busses or anything, i do not hear anything! I don't even see the audio information on the stereo output bus, which is very strange seeing that this audio channel gets audio in, and goes straight to stereo output... Anyways, seems like i'm repeating myself a little bit,
but the strangest thing even, is that if i press record, play some notes, i don't hear anything, but once i am done recording, and listen to the created audio recording, there is, actually, very softly, the audio, and i can hear it!

So my question is, how is it possible that somehow the audio goes in, but doesn't appear, only after playback of the recorded audio i can hear it? And how do i fix this so that I can hear the audio all the time, not just if it is already recorded into logic?

I should mention that with other synthesizers, like the Microcon II Technosaurus, which has a normal jack to normal jack connection,
this works fine!

Any ideas would be really muc appreciated, and if somehow i did not make my story clear enough, feel free to ask more about the issue.

Greetings,
Remco
Old 9th December 2013
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I don't know much about logic, but try recording something else from another source? It tends to be a case of ruling things out in these matters, so it could either be the synth, the cable, the soundcard, or some settings in logic. Seeing as you're getting some signal I would imagine the issue might lie with the cables or soundcard you're using.

Good luck!
Old 24th October 2014
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In case anybody got this issue - you need to try with different cords. I had very silent signal and it was caused by not exactly matching jack.

Cheers!
Kamil
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Im gonna hijack this thread, because i have an even worse newbie question. How do i go about to connect the Korg Volca to a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4? The output on the Volca is a 3.5 mm and the only ins i am able to find on the Scarlett are the xlr ones. Help would be much appreciated
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Im gonna hijack this thread, because i have an even worse newbie question. How do i go about to connect the Korg Volca to a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4? The output on the Volca is a 3.5 mm and the only ins i am able to find on the Scarlett are the xlr ones. Help would be much appreciated
Sorry for assisting of the hijacker first

Scarlet says she's got xlr/unbalanced 6.3 combo jacks and would happily accept what ever you plug into her ...
You want it stereo? then you'll need y-adaptor 3.5 mini unbalanced to two seperate 6.3 unbalanced. bit of a hassle, though
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go to a music store and ask for a mini stereo to 1/4" tip sleeve, dual mono cable and plug it into 2 line inputs on your interface.

http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-CMP153-Ca.../dp/B000068O3C

a stereo unbalanced signal into a TRS interface jack will not work. One side of the stereo signal will cancel most of the other sides signal when a TRS stereo jack is plugged into a mono balanced input.

or use this cable into 1 line input (the cable combines the L/R mini jack side to one mono signal/jack.
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/CMP110

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go to a music store and ask for a mini stereo to 1/4" tip sleeve, dual mono cable and plug it into 2 line inputs on your interface.

Amazon.com: Hosa CMP153 Y Cable 1/8 Inch TRS to Dual 1/4 Inch TS Cable - 3 Foot: Musical Instruments

a stereo unbalanced signal into a TRS interface jack will not work. One side of the stereo signal will cancel most of the other sides signal when a TRS stereo jack is plugged into a mono balanced input.

or use this cable into 1 line input (the cable combines the L/R mini jack side to one mono signal/jack.
Hosa 3.5 mm TRS to 1/4" TS Mono Interconnect - 10' | Sweetwater.com
What do you mean by 2 line inputs? From what i can see the Scarlett have two separate input connections. I tried to use a 1/8 to 1/4 adaptor that you usually use to connect your headphones to a mixer, but without any results. Is there any reason why such an adaptor shouldnt work?
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If you're using a mini TRS to a quarter inch TRS, it won't work into a mono balanced input because the input is inverting the phase on one side canceling out the other side
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If you're using a mini TRS to a quarter inch TRS, it won't work into a mono balanced input because the input is inverting the phase on one side canceling out the other side
You are going to have to talk to me like i am a child cause i am **** at this kind of stuff. Are you basically saying that the converter i used (that i normally use to connect headphones to a mixer) aint sufficient?

Also, how do i connect the suggested dual 1/4 to my scarlett?
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You are going to have to talk to me like i am a child cause i am **** at this kind of stuff. Are you basically saying that the converter i used (that i normally use to connect headphones to a mixer) aint sufficient?

Also, how do i connect the suggested dual 1/4 to my scarlett?
you've been provided links with pictures of cables that WILL work and provided no info on the cable and or adapter/converter you are using.

Without knowing.........no one can help you. It's like asking "I have this thing...How does it work?

A link to a picture of the cable/adapter/converter you are using could help if you don't know what it is.
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Originally Posted by Manfrensengensen View Post
you've been provided links with pictures of cables that WILL work and provided no info on the cable and or adapter/converter you are using.

Without knowing.........no one can help you. It's like asking "I have this thing...How does it work?

A link to a picture of the cable/adapter/converter you are using could help if you don't know what it is.
So the 3.5 to dual mono 6.3 will work if i plug it into both my different preamps on the Scarlett? Just sounds so counterintuitive to me, but i'll give it a shot

This is the one i tried and that didnt work:

http://shop.mediapoolen.se/Produkter...reo?id=0925006
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